Central Presbyterian Church

Central Presbyterian Church (HMH0A)

Location: Austin, TX 78701 Travis County
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 16.17', W 97° 44.438'

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This congregation traces its roots to October 13, 1839, when Austin's first Presbyterian worship service was held at Bullock's Hotel. Present that day was builder Abner Cook, elder in the first Presbyterian church organized in Austin. He helped acquire this property for the Presbyterian Church (South) following a post-Civil War split in the church. A sanctuary was completed on the site in 1874.

This congregation was known in later years as Southern Presbyterian Church, the Free Presbyterian Church, First Southern Presbyterian Church, and Central Presbyterian Church. It has counted among its members many individuals important in the life of the denomination and the City of Austin, including Gov. Francis R. Lubbock; William Sidney Porter (O. Henry); A.N. and Jane Y. McCallum; Dr. George Clark and Rebecca Kilgore Stuart Red; and U.S. Attorney General Thomas Watt Gregory. The Rev. Richmond Kelley Smoot played an important role in the national denomination and in the development of the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

This congregation was instrumental in organizing five Presbyterian churches in Austin. It continues a program of ministry, outreach, and cultural events.
HM NumberHMH0A
Marker Number13928
Year Placed1988
Placed ByThe Texas Historical Commission
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Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 7:18am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 621138 N 3349319
Decimal Degrees30.26950000, -97.74063333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 16.17', W 97° 44.438'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 16' 10.20" N, 97° 44' 26.28" W
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Area Code(s)512
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 210-254 E 8th St, Austin TX 78701, US
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